Monday, February 20, 2012

I'll See You Soon...

This past weekend was one like I've never experienced before, one I never expected and one I will never forget.  This coming Thursday will be my Birthday and the first that I will spend away from home.  My parents and older sister decided to surprise me this past weekend by coming down here to South Carolina!!!!! It was the greatest surprise I could have ever expected!!!!! They came Friday afternoon while I was at work and almost gave me a heart attack when they walked int he door! ;)  After that they got to come to my soccer game, which we won!!!! We then got Tyler and we all went out to eat.
Saturday was great! We slept in and then once we got going we picked up my friend Tricia from school and took her out to eat with us! My parents just loved her and I was so glad they got to meet each other!  After that we went to Wal-Mart and did a little shopping, then relaxed at the hotel and then I got ready for my soccer game for that evening.  It was really great to have my parents at a few of my games!!!!  After that we went to Tyler's Basketball game (he is the coach) and then went to the hotel and got pizza.  We got to bed late that night expecting to wake up the next morning for church....
Sunday morning came and we were awake and getting ready for church.  As I was getting out of the shower I heard my dad's cell phone ring.  That was the call that changed our day.  I couldn't hear what he was saying, but when I heard my mom's cry I knew exactly what it was... Grandma is with Jesus.  Within that instant I felt as if some one had punched me in the stomach.  I couldn't hardly breathe.  Why did this happen????  As I lay on the bed crying every tear I had I just couldn't believe what was happening.  This had been the most enjoyable weekend ever and now this.... WHY?????????  My parents and I didn't go to church that morning, we stayed at the hotel, tried to calm down and eat some breakfast. I felt so sick.
I still couldn't believe what was going on.  My mom was on the phone a lot that morning.  She wanted to spend the most time she could with me :) When Ashley and Tyler got back from church we went out to lunch.  I couldn't stop thinking about that morning... seeing my mom cry, hearing how upset she was..... it's been continuously playing over and over in my mind.  After lunch I began to feel much better.  We went to the mall, I got to pick out a dress for my birthday!! After that I went to work with my science group on a project and then the family and i went back to the hotel and just kinda relaxed for the evening.  We didn't go to church that evening either.  Ashley and Tyler went out to eat and me, mom and dad watched a movie and got some dinner at the hotel.  It was really nice, but the hours slipped away way too quickly.  9:00p.m. and I broke down in tears yet again.  I didn't want my parents to leave.
I had the option of going home and coming back to SC with some cousins that live here, but I decided not to. I was afraid of missing too much school work and was afraid I wouldn't want to come back to school.
So, the time came and Mom and Dad took me back to school.  I told dad goodbye with many tears and hugs. Mom walked me to my room and then the hardest goodbye came.
I cried myself to sleep last night and woke up terribly exhausted.  I was in a ball of tears getting ready for classes today and shed some tears during my morning classes.  I have been pretty good though the rest of the day.  I think I'm all out of tears ;)
As me and mom were talking and spending lots of time together yesterday we decided that this couldn't have happened at any other time.  God knew exactly what He was doing because if mom and dad weren't here with me and I got that call that grandma was gone, there is no possible way that I could've gotten through it alone.  God's way is truely perfect and He knew what He was doing ;) and I am so glad He did!!!!!!
As I think of gram today I remember all the memories I have with her.  As long as I can remember up until these past few years, She and I would go to the mall every Saturday morning.  We got our Auntie Anne's Cinnamon and Sugar pretzel sticks and Lemonade each and every week without fail! :-)  I had many sleepovers on the weekends which always included baking muffins (Blueberry and chocolate) and playing games on end of Phase 10 and Chinese Checkers.  During my junior high years at times I felt she was the only friend I had sometimes.  I would tell her everything that was going on in my life.
Gram always enjoyed seeing us kids playing sports or playing Piano.  She was simply amazing.  I'll never forget her as long as I live.
Her favorite Hymn was Face to Face and wanted us to make sure it was the song played at her funeral... She will be getting her wish on Wednesday ;)

  • Face to face with Christ, my Savior,
    Face to face—what will it be?
    When with rapture I behold Him,
    Jesus Christ who died for me.

    • Face to face I shall behold Him,
      Far beyond the starry sky;
      Face to face in all His glory,
        I shall see Him by and by!
  • Only faintly now, I see Him,
    With the darkling veil between,
    But a blessed day is coming,
    When His glory shall be seen.

  • What rejoicing in His presence,
    When are banished grief and pain;
    When the crooked ways are straightened,
    And the dark things shall be plain.

  • Face to face! O blissful moment!
    Face to face—to see and know;
    Face to face with my Redeemer,
    Jesus Christ who loves me so.


     Made this 3 days before she died...

     Gram's Last Christmas 

     One of my favorites of us!

     Gram with her last Christmas present..... She is absolutely beautiful!!!

     Whiskers loved paying with her!

     My graduation May 2011

     Best Friends!!!!

    Fourth of July 2011

    I love you Gram!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 

    1 comment:

    1. Awe, Emily, that was very touching! The Lord cares about every aspect of our lives and this was a great reminder of that. I'm glad you cherished your relationship with your Gram. I'm sure she'll live on through the wisdom she passed down to you. I'm glad, too, that she is face to face now with our Saviour!